The New Big Job

March 29, 2013 · 49 comments

I guess it’s time I elaborate on my whereabouts, huh?

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It’s official. I have left my job at the school and am the new Regional Manager for TidalWheel, an young indoor cycling studio company. The Virginia Beach studio is only 6 months old, but I will soon be living part-time in Richmond to open a new location there.

Which is whyΒ ColleenΒ is so excited. πŸ˜‰ We’re gonna be neighbors!

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If you are familiar with SoulCycle or Flywheel, you have an idea of what TidalWheel is all about. We offer classes in a dark room with loud, exciting music and elaborate total-body workout moves on a stationary bike.


It really is a kind of exercise you’ve never experienced. So many people who have tried spin (and loved it or hated it) come in to our studio saying “WOW! That is so different. I’ve never done anything like that before!”


At TidalWheel, you are also using dumbbells as you pedal on the bike. You’re doing pushups, you’re adding core moves, and you’re dancing. All while on a spin bike. And those bands come down for our TidalTone classes for an extra core/upper body workout.

TidalWheel classes are the most fun I’ve had working out in a while. You feel like you’re working out in a club, and our instructors make it more of an experience than a workout.Β Every class is a little different, so you really never know what to expect. You can check out more on the video on our website:

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You guys all know that I’m a runner at heart. I never really thought running would ever have to compete for my attention with any other workout, but as soon as I tried TidalWheel spin classes, I became addicted. It was running one day, completing a fitmixerΒ boot camp workout the next, and then coming to a TidalWheel class. I soon found myself planning my workouts around these classes. I just love that I get a weight workout in with a serious cardio blast.

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Now, part of my job is taking a TidalWheel class every day so I know what’s going on in my studio. And every day, I’m sore after class. That says a lot, doesn’t it?

Once I get to Richmond, I will actually be instructing classes as well. I’m pretty pumped.

And a bonus? I get to work with my VBbff Jamie. She’s one of our instructors at TidalWheel!

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There we are with Eric, another one of our TidalWheel instructors, on the day of our Valentine ride.

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Our owners, Mike and Ryan, with Jenna, one of our staffers. We partnered with The Simply Bar at the Shamrock Expo!

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So, this is what I have had my hands filled with for the past few weeks. I’m a very busy bee, and I haven’t really had a life outside of work just yet.

If you’re ever in the Virginia Beach (or Richmond soon!) area, come check out TidalWheel. If you mention you know me and are a Life of bLyss reader, you may get a deal on your first ride. πŸ˜‰

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1 Sky @ The Blonde In Black March 29, 2013 at 10:21 am

Congrats on your awesome new job!! I hated the one spin class that I took, but I think I would give TidalWheel a try! I’m also glad to see a new post on your blog πŸ™‚


2 Kaitlyn @Keeping Up with Kaitlyn March 29, 2013 at 10:46 am

Congrats on you new job!! This place sounds really awesome! But i assume it’s not for a beginner cycler since involves so much else, right??
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3 Clare @ Fitting It All In March 29, 2013 at 10:59 am

CONGRATS!!! Considering I’m going to be in virginia and my BF is likely going to be in virginia beach, I expect I’ll be hitting you up soon!!
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4 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 29, 2013 at 11:21 am

Congrats on the new job! Sounds fun and exciting – can’t wait to see where this new journey takes you!
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5 Lindsay March 29, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Congrats!! So exciting πŸ˜€


6 Alyssa March 29, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Congrats! I’m running a half in Virginia beach in September so ill definitely be checking out tidal wheel πŸ™‚
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7 Hollie@lolzthatswim March 29, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I did see that at the expo and wondered what it was. Wish I would have known you were there! GAH. Anyways, I’m really glad it’s working out and you are enjoying it so much. After all, that is one of the most important parts right?
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8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 29, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Congratulations!!! What a dream to find a fun job like this, you totally deserve it!
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9 Melissa March 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Congratulations! I wish there was something like TidalWheel in the Portland area. That’s awesome that you get to do it every day!
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10 Allison March 29, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Yay! Congratulations! What a fun job πŸ™‚
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11 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries March 29, 2013 at 5:18 pm

YAYY!! I’m so happy about this and I cannot WAIT to try my first TidalWheel class! More importantly, I cannot wait until we’re in the same plaaaace!! xoxox
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12 Julie @ There and Back Again March 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

That is RAD! Congrats on the new job, especially doing something you’re so passionate about! My friends and I come up to VB from the OBX for hot yoga sometimes (orrrr, you know, to go to Target and TJ’s) – maybe we’ll have to check this place out!
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13 Kristen @ notsodomesticated March 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Very cool! If I lived anywhere near you, I’d definitely want to try this out. Sounds like a lot of fun!
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14 Brooke @ Running In Heels March 29, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Congrats on the new job!! So excited for you and I want to try this!!!
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15 Renae @ MissFit Mixed Chick March 29, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Saweeeett! I wish I could get a job that would let me workout everyday!

I actually tried a spin class on a whim…..and guess what….I loved it. I didn’t think I would actually last the entire class, but I did! It was sooo awesome. I took it at Gold’s gym and they actually have the lights off too and have loud music. I couldn’t imagine taking a spin class without the either two.


16 Amber K March 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Congrats on the new job! I had heard of SoulCycle before, but didn’t really understand what would be so cool about it. But now that you’ve actually explained what goes on…it does sound sort of fun. How crazy is that?


17 christina March 29, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I have crushes on both you and J. Yes, I called her J.
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18 Sana March 29, 2013 at 11:02 pm

So awesome! I have been loving spin only studios! Well worth the $$!


19 Katherine @ Neon Blonde Runner March 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm

I’ll look for you in Richmond!
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20 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake March 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Congrats Alyssa! This looks like such a cool place and it sounds like an awesome job!
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21 Victoria @ Reluctantly Skinny March 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I definitely want to try one of these classes! More motivation to come back to Virgina Beach for a vacation this summer!
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22 Tina @ Best Body Fitness March 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm

So in other words what you’re saying is IF I come to VaBeach in the fall to run the Rock N Roll race, I get to take one of these classes with you? Awesome. πŸ˜‰
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23 (Un)intentional Happenings March 30, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Congratulations! This sounds awesome. I love spin class so I can’t imagine how much I’d love this. Looking forward to hearing more about it.
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24 Jamie March 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


25 Liz @ iheartvegtables March 31, 2013 at 9:55 am

You’ll be in Richmond, part time?! Can I pleeeeease hang out with you and Colleen??? πŸ™‚

Congrats on the new job! I hope it’s awesome!
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26 Holly March 31, 2013 at 8:00 pm

CONGRATS pretty lady!! Wish I was closer to attend your class.
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27 Britt @ Fit Fit Britt Britt March 31, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Congrats on the new job!!! That sounds right up my alley… I often find myself dancing while I am running around my neighborhood… and also when I am cross-training at the gym… probably looking ridiculous haha! How great it would be to do it while cycling! Wish we had that near me!
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28 Brandi April 1, 2013 at 10:47 pm

This sounds so fun! I live in Virginia Beach and would love to try one of these classes. I need to look it up!


29 Haughty by Nature April 2, 2013 at 8:03 am

I’m so excited that I have yet another reason to venture to civilization! And I can attest to TidalWheel’s results because my cousin Royar looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g after only a short amount of time! (I meant even more amazing than she already did. Obviously.)
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30 what katie's baking April 7, 2013 at 10:43 pm

congrats, alyssa! i was so excited to see this on instagram! πŸ™‚


31 Sarah April 8, 2013 at 9:06 am

Hey Alyssa,

Many congratulations on your new job, It sounds like the perfect match for you.

All the very best for the future!

Sarah πŸ™‚


32 Karla @ myhighonlife April 8, 2013 at 11:40 am

This is AWESOME! So proud of you girl and can’t wait to hear more about the happenings when it all settles down more. Really wish I lived down there so I could try it out!
You rock =)


33 Gina @ LifetotheFdegree April 10, 2013 at 6:46 am

What a great opportunity for you! Congratulations. I can’t wait to hear how it’s going!
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34 Amanda April 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

Any idea when Richmond location will open?? I am DYING FOR THIS IN RIC!!!!! And also, where it will be located?!


35 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 13, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Congratulations! This is very cool! How did you find the position?
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